Chaplain (Capt.) Jon Knoedler
Deputy, South Community Chaplain
Some choices appear to have insignificant long-term consequences, like choosing turkey over ham at Subway, chocolate over peppermint ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery, or taking H-2 rather than Kunia Road.
Other choices are known to have significant long-term consequences, like the choice of a mate, career or religion.
How do you determine what choice to make? Some choose by trusting their gut feelings. Some choose by how the stars line up. Others choose by popular opinion, and still others choose from a faith-based set of beliefs.
In the Bible, temptations and influences pulled the Israelites to follow anything and anyone but God. The Prophet Joshua spoke to the Israelites about trying to choose whom to serve.
Joshua 24:15 says, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the Gods your forefathers served beyond the river, or the Gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua chose to follow God above everything else.
His life was not always easy, but God used Joshua in a great way to lead and influence others.
His choice to serve the living God brought ultimate prosperity and peace to an entire generation of those who believed.
A person’s choice of religion is important because religious beliefs affect other life choices
As you make decisions, consider the following questions:
- How will this decision affect my faith?
- How will this decision affect my family?
- How will this decision affect my friendships?
Then, make the decision.